VIDEO: Police find drugs in raids

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Police raided homes across Sheffield in a blitz based on tip-offs from members of the public.

Officers acted on ‘community intelligence’ to put together a hit list of homes they wanted to raid yesterday.

Police on  Drugs Raids in sheffield In Handsworth

Police on Drugs Raids in sheffield In Handsworth

Two raids were carried out in the morning and a further five were due to be carried out last night.

In the first home on Medlock Road, Handsworth, officers found suspected Class A drugs and an air weapon after using a battering ram to force their way inside. A 29-year-old man and 20-year-old woman were arrested and quizzed.

Officers found nine cannabis plants, valued at £900 each, growing in the loft of a house on Angleton Green, Manor, in the second property they visited.

On that occasion the occupant opened his door to officers when they knocked. A 35-year-old man was arrested in connection with the cannabis cultivation set-up.

Results of the later raids in the second part of the operation are due to be released today.

Inspector Paul Ferguson, responsible for the Safer Neighbourhood Team covering Arbourthorne, Darnall, Manor and Richmond, said: “The aim of this series of raids was to demonstrate that if we receive community intelligence we will act on it.

“My mantra is that if you don’t tell us what is happening we can’t act, so when we receive tip-offs we do take them seriously.

“Rather than carrying the raids out over a number of days we organised a day of action to have more of an impact – both in terms of demonstrating to the community that we do act on their information and to send out a message to criminals.”

As part of yesterday’s crime crackdown, officers not directly involved in raiding or searching homes or arresting suspects called at neighbouring properties to talk about the police activity in the community and reassure local residents

Crowds gathered outside the house on Angleton Green when police arrived.

A dog escaped from the property and was chased by neighbours until it was caught and returned home.

n To report concerns or suspicions about crime call South Yorkshire Police on 101. Information can also be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

n A man was cautioned after being found in possession of a small quantity of cannabis after being searched by an officer on Charles Ashmore Road, Greenhill, on Saturday.